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Report: LAFC to bring back Danilo Silva for 2019

Veteran defender appears set to be back for black-and-gold.

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Danilo Silva became a key member of Los Angeles Football Club’s squad after arriving in the summer transfer window, and while the defender’s option to purchase his contract from Brazilian club Internacional was not picked up, a new report adds to the indications he will be back with the black-and-gold in 2019.

Paul Tenorio reported on Twitter on Wednesday that LAFC are working to sign Silva, likely to use Targeted Allocation Money to get the “long-term” deal done:

Silva, 32, made 11 appearances for LAFC between regular season and playoffs after arriving in the summer transfer window. He effectively replaced Laurent Ciman at center back, who was transferred to Ligue 1 side Dijon in August.

While Silva had a rocky game in the playoffs against Real Salt Lake, where he scored his first goal for the club but was directly blamed for a goal scored by RSL in the upset, the veteran was largely successful in his run with LAFC. He did deal with injuries, reportedly something that had been a major issue at Internacional, but LAFC currently have just one player, six-month loanee Eddie Segura, under contract at center back.

If you’re wondering about Walker Zimmerman, now out of contract officially but who had been offered a deal by LAFC, someone asked Tenorio on Twitter how things are looking in terms of his future:

Discussions are good! Better than no talks at all, certainly.

We’ll keep you posted on updates on this front, but it looks like there will be at least one holdover in the center of defense for LAFC for 2019.

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